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Pros and Cons of switching grades from 1st to 3rd
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I have taught first for 9 years. Iím contemplating switching to third next year as there is an open position for next year. For those of you have have switched, what are the pros/cons? Can you help me add to my list?
My own list so far:
Pros: I worked with both third grade teachers on a team before, new math curriculum we will all be learning together next year, more mature/independent kids, It will likely spark some creativity/excitement.
Cons: moving rooms, I will have to start over with materials, need to learn the reading curriculum that they implemented this year, my tpt account is full of first grade stuff 😕 I will have to work all summer getting ready, I wonít know the standards etc.


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I moved from first to third last year after teaching first for 9 years as well! I loved first but I really love third! I spent years building the foundation for reading and math and now I get to actually do something with the foundation that was already built! I have also found that I am very comfortable with helping my struggling readers and students needing remedial math! I had to learn new content and I have learned so much! I also had to learn how to stretch my high flyers in third! It has been amazing!!
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Thank you for your reply. I officially applied for the spot today.
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How funny as I too moved to 3rd after 9 years of grade 1. Actually I moved to 3/4 but still!

I LOVE it! The kids are still sweet and love school but they are way more mature and can do way more!

I love all the art I can do with them! I also like knowing I am easily able to help my struggling readers as I am very familiar with early intervention.

I hope you get it!!
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:37 AM
 
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Hope you get the third grade position. Give a yell if you need any assistance. Many of us seasoned teachers are happy to help.


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Testing Year?
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In our state it is their first experience with state testing, which can be a bit stressful. I have nevery taught 1st but I do like 3rd grade a lot.

I think a big benefit would be the activities you do can be sustained for longer time periods, so you don't have to play as many things for throughout the day.
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I got the position. Eek!
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Pro for you here...
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You can get a change-up. It gets so ordinary doing the same thing each year, but be prepared for the extra work and money that comes along with it. Money spent on new TPT stuff...ugh! I think every teacher should get $100 gift card given to them just to spend on there.
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Moving from 1st to 3rd
Old 05-15-2018, 02:29 PM
 
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Eek! Just kidding! You will LOVE it!! I taught first for many years (12 or so) and then moved to 3rd for another 8 years. I remember thinking, "Oh! You all can do everything 1st can do...but on your OWN!" I completely loved the independence, the love, the thinking, and even loved the state testing (I saw it as a challenge for me as a teacher and made it my goal to prepare my students to love the process too). Third graders really are on the cusp of "big school" and are so eager to learn.
BTW, I moved from 3rd to 5th and LOVED IT JUST AS MUCH! There is just something about those odd-numbered years in school. The even ones never interested me.
Let us know how 3rd goes. I think you will love every single second!
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Old 05-31-2018, 11:19 AM
 
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I just finished my 9th consecutive year in first (taught 1st for a year, then taught 2nd for three years, and then 1st again for 9 years) and I just applied for a third grade teaching position! My interview is next week. I hope I get it. I'm nervous, but excited. I imagine them being like big first graders who are more independent . Fingers crossed I get the job and then we can help each other through the year!


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Moving grades
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I have been moved to grade 1 for next year and am very nervous. What should I except? I have taught grade 3 for 5 years and love it. The students are at a perfect age! I love the independence!
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I just found out on Wednesday that I'll be in 3rd grade next year. I've taught 1st grade the last two years and loved it! However, I'm excited about the change. I find it interesting and very helpful all of the comments about being able to see the development as well as being familiar with remedial material. Ironically, the class I'll have this year is a class that I taught in 1st grade. Therefore, I feel like this will be an interesting study to see their progression through out this year compared to when I taught them in 1st grade.
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3rd is great!
Old 07-15-2018, 12:32 PM
 
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Congrats on the new position! I sub a variety of grades, and 3rd is one of my absolute favorites.

Add to your "pro" list -
The curriculum is so much fun! - I love teaching multiplication, and (at least here) we get to do state history that year as well.

No more tying shoes.

Their writing gets much more involved, and I love reading what they have to say!

I personally find 1st to be a little "too much, too close" for me. - 3rd graders are still affectionate, but not constantly tugging on your sleeve.

The books you get to do for read-aloud!!! (And the books they read that you get to talk to them about!)
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Old 07-15-2018, 12:44 PM
 
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AliTheTeach,
I also moved from 1st to 3rd about 5 years ago and taught some of the same students that I had taught in first. I love third grade! The curriculum is so interesting and it is such a major developmental year for teaching responsibility/independence. You will see a huge change in them by the end of the school year. Even with testing looming in the background, they so want to please you.
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